PEO Hamilton-Burlington Chapter
A warm welcome to our web site!
The Chapter Board is committed. We will enthusiastically provide leadership, experience, skills and time in a co-operative and open-minded manner to achieve success in realizing current and future Chapter goals that benefit our members and our community.
PEO’s Core Values of Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Professionalism, and Teamwork will be basic to all Chapter endeavours and opportunities.
We invite and encourage you to:
- keep in touch and check the web site regularly
- participate as you are able and when you can.
Professional Engineers Ontario, or PEO, is the regulatory body that licenses professional engineers in Ontario. PEO sets standards for and regulates the practice of professional engineering in the province.
Under the Professional Engineers Act, PEO has the mandate to serve and protect the public interest where the practice of engineering is concerned. PEO enforces compliance with the Act so that only those with a licence may practice engineering or advertise their engineering services. The association also disciplines engineers and companies that fail to maintain the profession’s standards.
We do not have an office as we are a local organization made up of volunteers to run events for the registered Engineering Interns (EIT) and Professional Engineers (P. Eng.) of the Hamilton-Burlington area. Some things we do include networking, social events, technical tours, sessions with speakers, and new P. Eng. certificate presentation ceremonies.
In order to become an EIT, go to http://peo.on.ca/ and submit an application. If you’re within 6 months of graduation the application fee is waived. Full details are there. Once you’re an EIT in the area, you’ll start getting our emails about events and can always check in at our website at http://hamilton.peo.on.ca/
Professional Engineers Ontario fulfills the same role the College of Physicians and Surgeons does for physicians and the Law Society of Upper Canada for lawyers.
PEO’s Core Values
PEO’s core values are intended to inform the behaviour of its members, staff, and volunteer leaders in their everyday activities and interactions.
PEO protects the public interest by being accountable to the public, such that PEO staff and volunteers accept responsibility for their actions and decisions, and deliver what they promise to deliver, and PEO as an organization honours its legislated and financial obligations. Staff and volunteer performance will be appraised based on meeting objectives within desired timeframes.
PEO demonstrates respect for its staff, volunteers, applicants, licence holders, and external stakeholders through fair practices and timely, informative communications. In turn, PEO expects that its regulatory obligations and activities in serving and protecting the public interest are respected by its stakeholders.
PEO demonstrates alignment between the Professional Engineers Act and its processes and practices, including consistency of its policies and their application to maintain integrity of the licence, and will adhere firmly and impartially to its legislated requirements in pursuit of regulatory excellence.
PEO operates in a professional manner with its applicants, licence holders and external stakeholders, by demonstrating competence, impartiality and reliability.
PEO achieves its goals through effective teamwork and collaborative partnerships both within the organization, between its staff and volunteers, and with other bodies involved in the practice of professional engineering.
The Purposes of PEO Chapters
PEO chapters perform a wide variety of functions including organizing licence certificate ceremonies, hosting technical seminars and social events; providing a forum for members to exchange knowledge and ideas; and offering professional networking opportunities.
PEO chapters aim to:
- facilitate participation and training of licence holders in the governance, succession planning for PEO leadership, and statutory duties of the profession;
- work to identify the value of the profession to future licence holders;
- promote and enhance understanding within society of the self-regulated engineering profession and the importance of licensure; and
- actively participate in PEO’s policy development.
PEO chapters also engage the youth in discovering the joys of math, science and engineering through education outreach programs and local events throughout the year, including those associated with National Engineering Month.
PEO licence holders and EITs are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities provided by their local chapter by attending events or even volunteering.
The borders of PEO Hamilton-Burlington include Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, Mountsberg, Stoney Creek and Waterdown, as outlined in the map to the right.
The Official PEO list of communities includes: Alberton, Aldershot, Ancaster (10%), Binbrook, Branchton, Bidgeview, Burlington (45%), Carlisle, Chedoke, Copetown, Dundas (8%), Freelton, Fruitland, Glen Morris, Grassie, Greensville, Hamilton (23%), Hannon, Jerseyville, Kilbride, Lynden, Millgrove, Mount Forest, Mount Hope, Hamilton, Saltfleet, Stoney Creek (5%), Troy, Vinemont, Waterdown (4%), West Flamborough, West Lincoln and Winona. (The figure represents the percentage of members in that community.)
Chapter By-law and Policies
The Chapter By-law and Policies outline our structure and governance model.
Click below to view a .pdf of the Chapter By-Law and a summary of the Policies.
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Policy 1 – Supplement to the By-law
The Chapter By-law and Policies outline our structure and governance model.
Click below to view a .pdf of Policy 1.
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Policy 3 – Cornerstone Aims and Functions
to support the Chapter Purposes
This Policy provides an organizational framework for five identified areas of Chapter activities. Members have opportunities throughout the year to develop, organize, plan and run a wide variety of events and activities that are consistent with the Chapter Mandate. Participation in all evenats and activities id encouraged.
To view Current Policy 3 – Cornerstones – click below.
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1.0 Official Activities
1.3 Ceremonies and Awards
1.5 Community Initiatives
1.6 PEO Events
2.3 External Relations
3.0 Education & Professional Development
3.3 Professional Development
4.0 Social Events
5.0 Special Projects and Committees
Policy 4 – Objectives to achieve the Cornerstone Aims and Functions
Provide timely, current information to license holders (members).
Provide communication links between the membership and PEO Council.
Enhance the professional development, competency and social responsibility
Promote participation of license holders in PEO and Chapter activities.
Promote public awareness of the engineer with other professional, technical,
educational and community organizations.
Promote a spirit of camaraderie among the members of the Chapter.
Policy 5 – Volunteer Guidelines
Members, as well as community representatives, contribute their time, talent and energy to the Hamilton-Burlington Chapter of PEO and many have done so for years. These individuals provide essential and valued service, and are the essence of the chapter and the association. Volunteers cite a variety of reasons for their contributions to Chapter management, events and/or activities:
To ‘give back’ to the profession and community.
To use existing strengths, skills and experience to work and socialize with others.
To learn and develop new skills within a supportive community.
To expand professional networks and to improve job opportunities
To make and develop social contacts and to enjoy experiences with friends and new a acquaintances with common aptitudes, interests and educational background.
“I enjoy the experience of getting out and meeting new people through volunteering.” RZ
Part A – for Chapter Volunteers
Click here to view Policy 5 – Part A
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Part B – for Board reference and use
Click here to view Policy 5 – Part B
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Through the Professional Engineers Act, Professional Engineers Ontario governs licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public.
It fulfills the same role for engineers as the College of Physicians and Surgeons for doctors or the Law Society of Upper Canada for lawyers.
Chair: Mike Bell
Vice Chair: Ron Finnigan
Treasurer: Shubham Banik
Secretary: Kashif Yousaf
Past Chair: Matt Minnick
Executive-at-Large: Hasan Ahmad
Executive-at-Large: Julie Wedzinga